Manuel Pellegrini could replace Gary Neville as the next coach of Valencia, says the Manchester City manager’s agent.
Pellegrini is one name being considered by Valencia sporting director, Jesus Garcia Pitarch, to succeed Neville, should the former Manchester United player be unable to effect a change of fortunes at the Mestella in the coming months. Although Valencia have reached the Spanish Cup semi finals, they are still awaiting their first league win under Neville following his appointment last December.
“[Manuel] can listen to offers but it doesn’t have to be Manchester United or Chelsea. He will hear and analyse the proposals and then decide. There’s no offer on the table,” Pellegrini’s agent Jesus Martinez told Chilean radio.
“He spent five or six years 40km [from Valencia] when he was at Villarreal. He lived in the city, has experienced the atmosphere and loves it.”
But while Pellegrini is on the shortlist at Valencia, a Premier League job would be the preferred option for the 62-year-old.
“The Premier League remains the most exciting for Manuel. He’s had three wonderful years and he’s crazy for that competition.”
“Pellegrini is open to all sorts of challenges.”